Nice artists impression.
Did they miss the inference that 'no fusion' means no bright light source? (it's mostly just IR)
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The "I" is also rare in those that happily bet their lives on the system.
A 99.999% accurate system making decisions only once a second (its far more often in reality) will screw up every 28(ish) driving hours, most of the time the problem is fixed by the next decision, however, there is a subset (becoming quite obvious now) that just doesn't get fixed in the second or two available.
A simple comparison is a lottery, reasonable chances of small win *1, v-small chance of a life changing win *2 but as we all know someone somewhere wins big very often.
A cheap & easy fix is small radar reflectors on all vehicles built into the design & hidden under the radar transparent parts. and for the driving into the sun scenario (radar whiteout) just have the car shout at the driver.
*1 Car might wobble a bit while changing its mind and applying a correction.
*2 Car decides a blank view ahead is sky and ploughs on.
Things have changed for humanity, until comparatively recently (a century or so) the 'hard of thinking' were unable to either access or distribute blatantly stupid ideas because only the intellectuals & leadership* were literate or actually travelled beyond the next town. Any population that succumbed to a bad idea would soon be weeded out by nature if the neighbours didn't get them first.
Modern civilisation generally protects the weak and vulnerable, this includes those without the cognative ability to rationally consider the veracity of any idea that pops up on the idiot
box live feed.
*two groups, not always with a large overlap.
Do you have evidence of this?
UK (and also in the US I assume) postal ballots are counted locally, with direct oversight by election officials appointed by locally elected representatives following a very clear set of rules.
There is no 'company' doing the counting.
>>>Spiritual influence: voters were told that it was their duty as Muslims to vote for Mr Rahman. Mr Mawrey cited a letter signed by 101 Imams in Bengali stating it was people's "religious duty" to vote.<<<
Were these two statement separate or in the same letter? there's a very big difference, it's not clear in the BBC article.
Rahman was just one of many local london electees mentioned in Private Eye over the years.
"Doing the right thing" is "doing the right thing" - indeed. However, This is just a career politician "saying" the right thing in the face of her voting history (23 times 'for' ID cards, once 'for' Mass surveillance) whilst being the Solicitor General & Minister for Constitutional affairs, positions that have quite a bearing on government policy towards public privacy.
Time was the critical element, there wasn't enough time get a US carrier operational in the Royal Navy before the entire campaign was over (win or lose)
Crewing A US carrier (probably Forrestal class) could have been done simply by recruiting a few thousand recently ex US Navy sailors (politics aside).
Training would have been mostly a refresher course for many ex-FAA Ark Royal pilots who'd moved over to the Harriers.
Getting the actual Phantom & Bucaneer aircraft back from the RAF, now that would be the really tricky part.
A little over 20 years ago the UKs ability to manufacture clothing at scale (including reusable PPE) was removed almost overnight when (lets call them skids&tenser) decided to move own label production to 3rd world sweatshops. Small UK clothing manufacturers went to the wall by the score with thousands of jobs lost and I didn't notice any retail price reductions, this was just a simple business decision. Over the following years many other UK clothing manufacturers also went overseas.
Hospitals used to operate a closed loop system, reusable gowns & masks, many also had onsite laundry facilities, moving to single-use PPE saved cash (laundry gone), everyone except the laundry staff was happy.
In the current crisis onsite laundry turn around times could have quickly been improved by using high street dry cleaners and any new (reusable) PPE deliveries would add to the in-use pool. Instead half the planet joined a bidding war for what was available and hoped it would be fit for use if it arrived in time.
Beancounters concentrate on immediate cost savings, the saved 'value' will usually be incurred elsewhere at some point, however in normal time it isn't manifested as a body count on daily TV.
The often ignored P5 principle applies. (as does the butterfly effect)
Very, and just bragging rights by the bunch who've put deposits down.
As SpaceX is due to push astronauts up to the ISS next week it's not a great leap (or expense) for them to offer tourist hops in a Dragon atop a Falcon thats launching other cargo into orbit, if that happens V-Gs potential customer list will be vanish.
I blame the general lack of understanding of scientific terms.
As the A/C points out, any idea about how a possible event caused something to come in being is a hypothesis until enough verified evidence emerges to support it, then it can be elevated to being a theory, it can really only become a scientific fact when independent observers have repeated the event through to the expected outcome.
The moon existing is a fact (we can see it & go there)
Gravity is a theory : vast amount of verified evidence fitting the maths, but no observed graviton particle, it is plausible that another better theory will emerge (my money though is firmly on finding the graviton)
Theia impact is a hypothesis : the only evidence is the similarity between Lunar & Earth surfaces having near identical elemental composition suggesting a common source & a mathematical model that fits this and relevant other theories.
Conversely it only takes a small amount of verified evidence to burn and replace a theory. Earth surrounded by a shell with the gods visible as moving lights > Earth centric system > Heliocentric system > static infinite universe > expanding universe > accelerating expanding universe (next episode coming whenever!)
Can't really knock your logic, Elons outfit doesn't have to be cheaper (launching from America will do) but probably is. Top Gun had navy backing because there was a noticable recruitment increase a few years earlier from 'The final countdown' which has far better 'Fly navy' aerial scenes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gChU-mGeBaM from 4:00 mins & at 5:50 the F14 only just managed to pull out of the dive.
It's more complicated than changing a few words, This is a technical site with commentards1 from across the world, master/slave is a concept everybody understands (because global history), & I highly doubt anyone here thinks the cotton-picking historical part is something to condone, male/female is another descriptive concept everybody understands (because biology).
English is the de facto language for most international technical discussions (history) and when individuals with only moderate English in common need to discuss a technical issue they need a rock solid universal (within IT) reference set, random changes will lead to lack of understanding and problems.
Black/White is totally subjective (history) and came about from previous common usage (history) and had little to do with slavery except that the last major ethnic group being used as legal slaves by another ethnic group were dark & pale skinned respectively.
Across the planet, throughout history, slaves have been of every colour, European indigenous slavery (serfdom) lasted well into the age of enlightenment, while in the UK from the 13thC. (Plague, Longbow & Magna-carta) it disappeared along with our unquestioning deference to authority. Slavery is now a thriving globally illegal business that still doesn't care what colour the product is as long as it sells, stopping this is what should be occupying govt. departments like GCHQ.
What GCHQ call their lists is their problem, I really couldn't care much, but anyone expecting an entire global industry to change tack in less than a decade or three to fit their 'ideal' is going to be disappointed.
1: Typical Anglo-saxon self deprecation, goes in hand with the lack of deference.
Much amusement is made here from the dimwittery of (L)users to whom we hold ourselves superior2 even though we know that many of them are also masters2 in their own field.
2:How do we denote a raised ability level without a defining word, Doubleplus good perhaps?
AI could make that decision now -
Probability of safe controlled landing on water 90+% -v- probability of safe controlled landing on runway with unknown variables.
The question really is will we ever feel safer with a machine doing the live/die decisions instead of a self aware pilot.
Set up a AI simulator with guaranteed 100% fatal crash situations and see what it comes up with as a landing attempt, human pilots have been very creative at times and beat the odds.
Your 'children' comment hit the nail square, they appear not to have anyone in the design chain who can remember how the current defacto was arrived at, mostly trial & error with a bit of carpal tunnel syndrome.
It's also possible the design process was just a slightly technical marketing meeting with no keyboards in sight.
Most of the cash is going into repeating the Apollo missions, go there, wave a flag, come home. The 60s was an incredible decade for technology & space flight but this seems a bit limp after the 30 years of shuttle & 20+ of ISS.
Apart from SpaceX, a proposal that looks a lot like they could just aim a bit to the side and head to Mars thanks to the orbital tankers.
PCChips 'recoils in horror!'. Another 'naughty' was a 100Mhz 'budget' board that only ran at 90 and was actually an overclocked 75 chipset that didn't like getting busy. (no surprise at +20% & no heatsink).
I had to 'fix' a few of these, luckily they mostly had been filled with the excellent AMD K6 series CPUs that really could use a 100Mhz bus but were happy to drop to 66 or 75 and use a much higher clock multiple to rescue most of the missing grunt.
The lack of jamming (as opposed to just blocking the beam) in space is less of an issue, lasers allow bandwidth across frequencies to be used more than once at the same time not very far apart (at orbital distances) without interference.
For comms between the inner planets latency variation is going to be measured in tens of minutes over the distances involved and there will be a need for relays for when the LOS gets a bit close to that large bright object in the middle of our solar system.
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